Coordinates: 53°57′58″N 2°48′53″W / 53.966067°N 2.814838°W / 53.966067; -2.814838

Cockerham church.jpg
The western façade of St. Michael's Church, at Cockerham
Cockerham is located in Lancashire

 Cockerham shown within Lancashire
Population 558 (2001)
OS grid reference SD465525
    - London  204 mi (328 km) SE 
Parish Cockerham
District Lancaster
Shire county Lancashire
Region North West
Country England
Sovereign state United Kingdom
Postcode district LA2
Dialling code 01524
Police Lancashire
Fire Lancashire
Ambulance North West
EU Parliament North West England
UK Parliament Lancaster and Wyre
List of places: UK • England • Lancashire

Cockerham is a small village and civil parish within the City of Lancaster in Lancashire, England. It is 6 miles (9.7 km) south of Lancaster and 15 miles (24 km) north-northwest of Preston. Located on the River Cocker, at the estuary of the River Lune, it has a total resident population of 558.[1]

Cockerham has lain within the historic county boundaries of Lancashire since the Middle Ages[citation needed] having previously formed a township and parish within the hundred of Lonsdale and district of Lancaster.[2] Between 1894 and 1974, Cockerham lay within the Lancaster Rural District.[3]

Medieval life of Cockerham manor has been recorded in the Custumal of the Manor of Cockerham, compiled in 1326–1327 and revised in 1463. The custumal, a record of rents and services owed by the tenants to their landlord, combines a local code of laws with an inventory of all resources of the land, from peat fuel, cattle and sheep to shoreline mussels.[4] The tenants were forbidden to trade local fuel to the "strangers" who collected mussels on the shore.[5]

The local church is St. Michael's. Close by are the remains of Cockersand Abbey. The village is famous for Wallings Farm, which sells homemade ice cream and has the Pudding House cafe and gift shop. The village also has a pub, the Manor Inn.

Black Knights Parachute Centre‎ is based in Cockerham.




  1. ^ United Kingdom Census 2001. "Cockerham CP (Parish)". Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  2. ^ "A Vision of Cockerham AP/CP". Lancaster RD Local Government District. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  3. ^ Lancaster RD Local Government District. "A Vision of Lancaster RD". Retrieved 2007-06-13. 
  4. ^ Bailey, p. 61.
  5. ^ Bailey, p. 66.


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